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Tear Jerker / Winnie-the-Pooh

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The books

  • The ending of The House at Pooh Corner: Christopher Robin is going away. It's implied he's going to boarding school, which means he won't see his friends again. The characters don't know the specifics, but they band together and write him a goodbye note. As they host a farewell party, Eeyore realizes that the boy wants to be alone with Pooh, and tells the others to leave. Christopher Robin then takes Pooh to 'An Enchanted Place at the Top of the Forest'. They talk together about doing nothing. Christoper Robin mentions that 'they don't let you do nothing. Not for long, anyway.' He tells Pooh of things he'll learn at school—about countries, Kings and Factors, eventually making him his best, most faithful Knight. Then the ending.
    "Pooh, promise you won't forget about me, ever. Not even when I'm a hundred." Pooh thought for a little. "How old shall I be then?" "Ninety-nine." Pooh nodded. "I promise," he said.

    Still with his eyes on the world, Christopher Robin put out a hand and felt for Pooh's Paw. "Pooh," said Christopher Robin earnestly, "if I — if I'm not quite —" he stopped and tried again — "Pooh, whatever happens, you will understand, won't you?"

    "Understand what?" "Oh, nothing." He laughed and jumped to his feet. "Come on!" "Where?" said Pooh. "Anywhere," said Christopher Robin.

    So they went off together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.
    • Surprisingly, the ending was copied almost word for word in the ends of both The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh and Pooh's Grand Adventure. Slightly toned down yes, but the implications are still the same-and it's just as sad.

Disney's films

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh

  • Piglet sings a heartbreaking little ditty about how he feels isolated from his friends because of his fearfulness. Later when Pooh empathetically suggests they skip Halloween this year for Piglet, he only feels worse, thinking he's ruined everyone's fun.

Pooh's Grand Adventure

The Tigger Movie

Springtime with Roo

  • Rabbit's Bad Future if he succeeds in making the first day of Spring officially "Spring Cleaning Day". His friends will find him so overbearing and controlling, that they will all move away and leave him alone.
  • The backstory explaining why he's come to hate Easter. After one especially overbearing year as the Easter Bunny, Tigger snuck off with the eggs and the gang went to do hunt them without him. This wasn't what broke Rabbit however. It was how much Roo loved Tigger playing Easter Bunny. He felt rejected since he wanted to make something nice for Roo, but couldn't compete with his Big Brother Worship of Tigger. Also, you can hear the sheer heartbreak coming from Rabbit when he asks how they could celebrate Easter without him, not to mention the sting he felt as a result being left out of the Easter Egg Hunt.
    Rabbit: *solemn* Every Spring...I look forward to one thing most of all; being the Easter Bunny. You took that away from me.
    • Tigger did try to apologize for making Rabbit feel like this, but Rabbit wouldn't hear of it and so, Tigger went away dejectedly to tell Roo he wouldn't be getting his Easter Egg Hunt again.

Pooh's Heffalump Movie

  • Lumpy is lost in the forest and trying to get back to his "mummy," but ends up caught in the heffalump trap set by Pooh and the others.
    Lumpy: (to Roo, sobbing) You said they wouldn't be scary.
    Roo: Oh, Lumpy. I'm so sorry. This is all my fault.
    Lumpy: I want my mummy.
  • Poor Eeyore being Demoted to Extra and being forgotten about by the others until the end of the film.

Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie

  • Meta example: this film marked the last time John Fiedler voiced Piglet. Fiedler died of cancer three months before the film was released (and only a day after Paul Winchell, Tigger's original actor, also passed away). His death also marked the End of an Era, as Fiedler was the last original member of the voice cast still active in the series.

Winnie-the-Pooh (2011)

  • The trailers, with "Somewhere Only We Know" playing over them. Really hits home for people who have grown up with these stories and are adults now.
    • the lines you can hear most clearly are:
    ...I knew the pathway like the back of my hand...
    ...Is this the place we used to love...?
    ...Oh simple thing, where have you gone...?
  • The look on Pooh's face when his friends gave the jar of honey to the red balloon.
    • And the resulting conversation with Eeyore.
    Pooh: Ever have one of those days where you just can't win?
    Eeyore: I know exactly how you feel.
  • Seeing that almost half the voice actors who worked on previous Pooh productions wouldn't return for this film, including Peter Cullen (Eeyore), Ken Sansom (Rabbit), and Andre Stojka (Owl), the former two in fact were reportedly disappointed they weren't called in for their roles. Especially since Sansom died the following year. Cullen however, was brought back for the Doc McStuffins crossover.
    • One can give respects to Bud Luckey as Eeyore however, who passed away in 2018.
  • A second meta example: this would be the last traditionally animated film in the Disney Animated Canon, and while CGI animation is alright, those who are fond of traditional animation would get a bit emotional.

Christopher Robin


  • The ending of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is this mixed with a heavy dose of Fridge Horror if one considers the Christopher Robin in the stories to be the Christopher Robin (the son of A. A. Milne who inspired the original books). At the end of the film, Christopher Robin has to tell Pooh that he is about to start school and won't be able to play with him as often anymore. In real life, Christopher was bullied at school for inspiring the stories, leading to some level of resentment of his father for (in his eyes) exploiting his playtime adventures and the public attention it netted him for life, until finally donating the stuffed toys he played with as a child to the editor of his first autobiography (though now they are at the New York Public Library). For all the fun he had with Pooh and pals, and the joy his father's stories have brought to children around the world, the suffering he was put through later in life is made all the more tragic by just how unnecessary it was.
  • While the original stuffed toys have been repaired and preserved, Christopher's Roo was lost long ago.note  The original Kanga sits on display without her child.